Ferried: the story so far

Before I explain where we are with Ferried, and how we got there, I want to talk a little about the point of short films. Short films, to me, are like short stories. They are not longer forms (features, novels) in miniature, but self-contained works with their own point to make and tale to tell. […]

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Twice Cut Review: Cartel Land

The cartels did a deal with the shadow men

Cartel Land opens with a mystical jungle scene where “cooks” conjure crystal meth in billowing clouds of smoke. “We will keep doing it for as long as God allows it”, they say. Thus we know that this will be a beautiful, cinematic film about the horrors of the, unstoppable, drug trade on the US Mexican […]

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Forgotten Conflicts Blog

Forgotten Conflicts

Over the Bank Holiday weekend, Drew and I went to the inaugural Remake Film Festival. It’s a great concept: filmmakers make a short (max 7mins) inspired by a famous scene from cinema history. The three scenes this year were the ‘we’ve always got Paris’ scene from Casablanca, the eponymous scene from Singing in the Rain […]

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After the beats, the scenes.

There is consensus within the go-to screen-writing guides (of Snyder, Field, McKee and so on) that each scene ought to include a set of emotional highs and lows, and a source of conflict. This conflict can be physical (an obstacle, a fight etc.), mental (a trait or belief that a character has to suppress etc.) […]

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Twice Cut Review: Southpaw

Boxing movies are part of a great tradition that includes some truly excellent films (see: Scorcese’s Raging Bull, Stallone’s Rocky, and the little-known documentary Blue Blood).  Boxing is better represented than any other sport in Hollywood’s pantheon, and big-budget films (Million Dollar Baby, The Fighter) are still being made about bouts and boxers despite its […]

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Dealing with Rejection in Filmmaking

Rejection-Man

Drew and I knew from the beginning that starting a film production company wouldn’t be all champagne, premiers and after-parties. After all, we don’t have money falling out of our pockets (yet), we aren’t BFFs with Eddie Redmayne and we certainly don’t do jazz-er-cise with Danny Boyle on Sunday mornings*. We are two people with […]

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#filmswelove – Cinema Paradiso

I have written elsewhere about Giuseppe Tornatore and his examination of film in The Star Maker (1995), and I hope that future posts, articles, and maybe even long-form journalism, can be dedicated to the tendency to self-reflection and nostalgia for film in Italian & European cinema (another #filmwelove is Bertolucci’s  The Dreamers (2003)). For now, […]

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How we came to making Ferried

Ferried was not the first short I thought I would make. It came about last year when Ollie was still working, and I was looking for someone who could help get another script off the ground. The premise of that original film (Automat) was that a young man finds out he has blood cancer and […]

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We love East End Film Festival ’15

Links: East End Film Festival: http://www.eastendfilmfestival.com/ The Seventh Fire trailer: https://vimeo.com/118451301 Panic trailer: https://vimeo.com/107410801 As happening East London filmmakers (hashtags and high fives all round) we just had to visit the East End Film Festival. It is still in full swing so if you haven’t yet been, go! (It ends on Sunday 12th July.) I wanted […]

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#filmswelove – Full Metal Jacket

Ollie here: I recently spent a thoroughly enjoyable afternoon re-watching Kubrick’s Vietnam epic Full Metal Jacket. It’s been a long time since I saw it last, but it was a pleasure to be reacquainted with Gny. Sgt. Hartman and to let his lovingly crafted insults wash over me like a cascade of vitriol. I cringed afresh […]

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